Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Talia


Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Talia, a 15-year-old who collects school supplies to distribute to students from low-income families. 

1. What inspired to start this project?

I was inspired to start this particular project since it seemed like a natural off shoot of my major project which is known as Debbie’s Treasure Chest. At DTC we provide clothing, books and toys to families in need. Since I was really young I was very aware that kids in my home town especially my grammar school did not have much money and the teachers were always bringing in extra supplies for those kids. After my sister went to college last year, I had greater responsibilities at DTC, so I wanted to expand our reach and bring school supplies to kids that they could succeed in school and feel like good about themselves.

2. Why is your work important to you?

This work is so important to me because it impacts so many lives. The teachers will have less stress and not have to spend their own funds. The students will benefit because they will have some of the important tools to help them with their academics. The middle schoolers that I have recruited in my new project called the Susan Paul Sirkman Leadership are leading the way in their elementary schools to start DTC supply closets. This is just what I have worked for to have local kids helping local kids.

3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project? 

The money gave us initial funding to purchase supplies for the first DTC at my elementary school.

4.What message of giving back do you have for others*

My message is kids can change the world. Just give us a chance.